May 2023 | Enthusiast Wine Clubby Caileen Brison
Corte Mainente 2021 Bianco Secco (100% Garganega)
This wine is an excellent and energetic wine, perfect for summer fare and summer sun. Right off the pop, the wine exudes lifted lemon oil with a bright, high tonality. The palate has a softness all around with integrated acid and an oily, almost saline finish. There is a warm tropical note that I can’t quite figure out – despite finding it welcoming and comforting; it is nostalgic of papaya in a warm island breeze. On day two the wine becomes more floral and waxy on the nose, which is an interesting compliment to the subdued Meyer lemon flower on the palate. The wine has great longevity, although I don’t expect it to last long after you open it. I want to drink this with roast squash blossoms, ceviche, or chèvre toasts. Drink now – 2026 in all-purpose stemware and serve at refrigeration temperature.
Sulauze 2021 Pinzutu
Provence meets Corsica is the idea here; Côteaux d'Aix en Provence is the region and Sciaccarello is the varietal (most commonly associated with Corsica). In the glass the wine is almost electric in color with a nose of bright cherry, cinnamon sticks, fresh strawberries, and violets. the palate also has a dynamic spice profile of white chocolate powder, cardamom, and cumin all wrapped in a texture of soft acid and barely grippy phenolics. On day two I feel like the wine loses structure, likely due to a low sulfur regime. I would drink this wine in one evening and serve alongside lighter “afternoon lunch” type of fare – think minestrone soup, romaine and butter lettuce salads, and roast potatoes. Drink now – 2025 and serve in all-purpose stemware at cellar temperature.
San Fereolo 2020 Valdiba Dogliani
This wine reminds me of that person that we all know who has an infectious vibrancy that should never be tamed; a person who has a wild heart that we all wish we had. Open this wine and give it 15 or so minutes to unwind and enjoy the ride that the wine provides. On the nose are captivating notes of violets, white rose petals, and baby’s breath that exudes a freedom that I don’t often experience in a wine. The tenacity of the wine provides a canvas for food pairings – think blood sausage, guanciale pizza, and chanterelle pasta. The wine on day two maintains that gorgeous nose, but I wish more of the palate remained. The best way to enjoy this wine is over a perfect pizza dinner or over a charcoal grilled fired feast. Drink now – 2030, serve in all-purpose stemware, and enjoy at cellar temperature (also, this is Dolcetto).